For all the toll the desert takes, it gives compensation, deep breaths, deep sleep and communion of the stars . . . It is hard to escape the sense of mastery as the stars move in the wide clear heavens to risings and setting unobscured . . .Wheeling in their stations in the sky, they make the poor world-fret of no account. Of no account you who lie out there watching, nor the lean coyote that stands off in the scrub from you and howls and howls. —Mary Austin, The Land of Little Rain
From the stillness of the private compound of 3 enchanted cabins on 5 acres, Rattler Ranch invites visitors to experience the quiet calm, clear vast skies, and natural wonders of Joshua Tree and the Mojave and Colorado deserts. Surrounded by wildflowers, ocotillo, palm trees, cactus, desert willows, elms, sycamores, smoke trees, and desert pines, the restored Homestead cabins—Ocotillo, La Casita, and Mustang—offer stunning 360-degree vistas of the high desert plains and the monoliths and buttresses of the surreal, rugged mountains. The fully-restored cabins are tastefully embellished with art and artifacts creating an atmosphere that is comfortable and casual, serene and stylish. Totally private, each cabin has a patio, perfect for outdoor dining or enjoying a cozy cup of morning coffee in the pristine natural landscape surrounded by desert flora, birdsong, and the endless sheltering sky. Whether you come for a retreat from daily life, to create, write or for recreation, Rattler Ranch radiates the history of the Old West and the indigenous connection to the land that has provided rich ground for artists and dreamers in this rugged and magical place.
Rattler Ranch is located 6 minutes from shops, galleries, restaurants and other attractions in Joshua Tree village and 14 minutes from the Western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.